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The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) will open a new round of grant funding to third-party independent solution providers, such as university researchers, small technology companies and consultants, to help small and medium-sized aerospace and defense (A&D) related machining businesses reduce energy consumption in the manufacturing process.

The problem statement for this competition is that many A&D machining processes utilize older generation CNC machine tool technologies that can result in an inefficient use of resources — energy, time and materials — compared to the latest state-of-the-art CNC machines. The grant seeks to identify and create production line flow/energy use improvements, as well as new sensing and control technologies/software that help make older machines “smarter” and easier to set-up, program and monitor.

In June, multiple competitive awards, up to $75,000 each, totaling $300,000 will be announced.

For more information, download the 2014 Energy Reduction Challenge Grant Competition RFP or visit grant challenge web page.

Questions? Contact Bennett Curry at 602-845-1246.

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